Locomotives, rolling stock arrive in Angola for Moçamedes railway

29 June 2007

Namibe, Angola, 29 June – A ship from India docked at the Angolan port of Lobito this week bringing equipment for the Moçamedes Railway (CFM) valued at over US$ 40 million, state news agency Angop reported.

Citing port officials, Angop said the shipment brought 13 first-class carriages, two dining cars and two freight coaches, as well as other items including locomotives.

CFM’s Namibe agent, Paulo Ndala, said the equipment would supplement the 24 carriages and three locomotives, also from India, that have been in service on the line since January.

The complete rebuilding of the Moçamedes railway over a distance of around 1,000 kilometers (from Namibe to Menongue in Kuando Kubango province) will get underway this year. The project involves state investment of over US$ 89 million and is being carried out by a Chinese firm. (macauhub)